Technology at Miller School of Albemarle 2017-2018

RETURNING STUDENTS

All returning & new students will be required to print, read, sign and submit the Acceptable Usage Form to the helpdesk before network access is granted to all students.

READ ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY HERE

DOWNLOAD & SIGN ACCEPTABLE USE FORM HERE

Technology  Q & A for 2017 – 2018

What type of computer should I purchase?

Laptops are required and recommended. We do not require any specific brand, but we do endorse the use of Apple computers for ease and low maintenance. For a Windows based PC ‘s we recommend Windows 7 thru 10. We DO NOT support or recommend Windows XP or Windows Vista  due to Microsoft XP & Vista are no longer provided with security updates for these operating systems.

What software do I need?

Microsoft Office is our preferred application package but not required. MSA  provides Google Docs Apps platform at no cost to the students.

A printer is recommended, but not required. There are public printers available at various locations on campus for student usage.

Where to purchase?

Miller School does not require any specific vendors or brands of computers. We recommend that you purchase a computer from sources that will provide you with the best value and the best support.

PLEASE DO NOT BRING: 

Wireless routers, Hotspots, or Phone service devices such as (Vonage or Magicjack), Tv’s and Streaming devices are prohibited in the dorms. Gaming devices and computer monitors less than 24 inches are acceptable in the dorm.

No gaming devices will be allowed to be connected to the student wifi at anytime for online gaming.

What I need to do to connect to the Wifi network?

Wireless access for laptops and desktops are available in various locations on campus and dorms, but must be registered with the Technology Office for access.

Day & Boarding students primarily connect to our network via wireless connection.  Boarding students can use a Ethernet port connection with a cat5 patch cable located in each student assigned dorm desk area.

We encourage you to purchase your own USB ethernet port adaptor for computers that do not have a onboard ethernet port before you arrive on campus.

Student network connections will NOT be activated until the student’s computer has been registered by the Technology Staff and the INTERNET LOG-ON form has been signed and submitted to the helpdesk.

Computer Assistance?

The technology department will provide network support. We will offer minimal repair services onsite. We will refer to a local certified engineers in the local area to handle major repairs at the owners expense.

Please bring your computer to school in proper working order, complete with the computers operating system software installed and antivirus software installed and up-to-date.

NO COMPUTERS OTHER DEVICES WILL BE ALLOWED ACCESS TO THE STUDENT NETWORK WITHOUT ANTIVIRUS SOFTWARE INSTALLED AND UP-TO-DATE AND ALL OTHER REQUIREMENTS HAS BEEN MET.

What about cell phones or Landline Phones?

We allow students to use cell phones on campus after school hours. We have found that VerizonWireless & US Cellular provides the strongest local reception to our campus.

Each dorm has wall installed landline phones to be used by the boarding students. The phones will allow the students to call anywhere in the USA free of charge.

If a student desires to make calls outside of the US, we encourage that student to obtain a valid calling card from his or her country of origin or make arrangements with to the on-call duty staff to allow that student to call home from the school administration phone system.

 

HELPFUL LINKS

Acceptable Use Policy

Register Your Laptop

Virus Tracker with Free Virus Scan

Panda AntiVirus Cleaner Tools – Free

Sophos For Mac – Free

Microsoft Security Essentials For PC – Free

Trendmicro Virus Scanner For PC – Free

Malwarebytes Spamware Scanner For PC – Free/Paid

MSA Helpdesk Service Request